J.C. Derrick

J.C. is WORLD’s deputy chief content officer and WORLD Radio’s managing editor based in Dallas. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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Report: U.S. officials mistreat many asylum-seekers

Refugees | Religious freedom commission recommends reforms at the Department of Homeland Security
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 8/03/16, 11:55 am

The U.S. government’s treatment of asylum-seekers is growing worse, according to a new report the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued this week.

“How we treat people who come to our borders says a lot about who we are as Americans,” said USCIRF chairman Thomas J. Reese. “Those seeking refuge from persecution deserve to be treated with dignity and should not be confined in prison-like conditions simply for seeking freedom and protection in the United States.”

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Trinity Western University

Canadian court delivers win for Christian law school

Canada | Nova Scotia appeals court declares Barrister’s Society cannot deny recognition to Trinity Western students
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 7/28/16, 02:12 pm

A Canadian appeals court this week ruled the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) does not have the authority to deny future Christian law school graduates accreditation based on the institution’s marriage beliefs.

“Everyone, religious or not, should celebrate this decision, which amounts to a protection of our freedom and our identity,” said Trinity Western University (TWU) spokeswoman Amy Robertson. “Freedom of conscience and religion is the first fundamental freedom upheld in the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms].”

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Over half a million immigrants stuck in U.S. courts

Immigration | The backlog in immigration court is at a historic high and keeps growing
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 7/27/16, 11:40 am

The record backlog in U.S. immigration courts has topped 500,000 cases, according to the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

The staggering backlog represents more than a 30 percent increase from two years ago, when a surge of Central American asylum seekers sparked a national crisis. The court system’s 500,051 pending cases is an increase of more than 40,000 since the beginning of the fiscal year nine months ago.

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